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News in Brief 07 August 2017 (PM)

Listen / Ghassan Salamé, Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in the UN News studio with May Yaacoub. Photo: UN News/Mustafa al-Gamal.

  "Window of opportunity" for Libya to emerge from crisis: UN envoy There is a "window of opportunity" for Libya to emerge from conflict and economic collapse but a political agreement is vital, said the newly-appointed Special Representative for the country, Ghassan Salamé, speaking on Monday. He visited the capital Tripoli over the weekend and [...]

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Well-being of Yemeni people "remains of utmost importance" to UN

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The well-being of the Yemeni people "remains of utmost importance" as they face "an unspeakable humanitarian crisis." That's according to UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, briefing reporters at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday. Over the weekend, reported airstrikes killed at least 12 civilians, including women and children. Matt Wells has the details. The UN [...]

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Needs "acute" in Syria's Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour

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Fighting to drive out ISIL extremists from strongholds in Syria's Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour has compounded the "acute" needs of civilians, the UN said on Monday. The development comes as Syrian forces and opposition militias continue their assault on the extremists' strongholds in the north and east of the conflict-hit country. Daniel Johnson has more. [...]

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News in Brief 07 August 2017 (AM)

Listen / The United Nation's Security Council arrived at the Zone of Normalization, in the Department of Meta. Photo: UN Mission in Colombia

  UN Mission in Colombia ambushed, one police officer injured The UN Mission in Colombia has confirmed that a team containing UN observers was ambushed over the weekend, while extracting explosives. The team, which included former FARC rebels and police officers, was working to remove hidden weapons and explosives, as part of the latest phase [...]

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"Nothing can justify terrible acts of abuse" in Kasai region: UNICEF

Listen / In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a nurse from the Kabea Kamwanga hospital is treating a malnourished and malaria-infected child with medicines donated by UNICEF, on May 20th 2017. Photo/UNICEF/UN064905

"Nothing can justify" the terrible acts of abuse against women and children in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in recent months. That's the view of Marie-Pierre Poirier, the Regional Director for the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in West and Central Africa, in a statement issued on Monday. The Kasais [...]

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Syria probe "must continue" after Del Ponte resignation

Listen / Carla Del Ponte, who is standing down from the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria after more than five years. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The international community's efforts to record rights violations in war-torn Syria "must continue" after the resignation of a leading member of a UN Commission of Inquiry, the panel's two remaining investigators said on Monday. In a statement, commissioners Paulo Pinheiro and Karen AbuZayd thanked Carla Del Ponte for her more than five years of service, [...]

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Encouraging impartial, competent young journalists in the Pacific

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A new generation of "impartial but competent" young journalists is on the rise across the Pacific, thanks in part to training being offered by the UN Educational and Cultural Organization, UNESCO. That's the upbeat assessment of UNESCO's Director of Office and Representative to the Pacific States, Nisha. Ms Nisha said it was important for all [...]

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